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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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Ratings: 2,700
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008)
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Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a glass of iced tea. The pour produced a decent sized head of slightly off-white foam and lots of thick sticky lacing.

S - Malty with hints of citrus. Had a slight aroma of unsweetened iced tea with a squeeze of lemon.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness up front followed by a bitter slightly dry hop finish.

MF&D - Slightly oily and sticky. A nice hoppy ale, but I'm not sure I could drink these all day. Overall a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:01:24 | More by nasty15108
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head but not much of it formed when I poured this beer and it retained very little. Dark amber or cherry wood color. Strong piney hops over alcohol aroma. Some intermittent lacing. Light to medium carbonated with a very forward hop heavy flavor. Cleary a fresh hopped brew, very 'green' in character and semi-spicy without being as sharp as an IPA. Could use a little more malted balance but GREAT for hopheads. Some sweet malt in the middle giving it a little body and depth. Bitter bite at the very end.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 14:39:14 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of KeefD


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color, with a two finger head that settles slowly, leaving behind big, chunky rings of nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeping the off-white cap around for the long haul. Smell of wet, oily hop goodness. A bit of grapefruit, pine, and orange rind to round this thing out. Fresh hop flavor, a bit of sweet caramel malt, hints of orange and citrus, plenty of pine resin. Smooth, almost creamy in the mouth, goes down rather easily. A fantastic APA, most certainly more tasty and well balanced than their standard pale. Very good, and wish this could somehow be year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:10:57 | More by KeefD
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, deep copper with a creamy medium white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fresh, herbal juicy hops supported well by biscuity malt notes. This is of course all about the wet hops so they do dominate.

T-Fresh, herbal, grassy hops. The bitterness is a bit tempered as in most fresh hop brews. A solid biscuity malt foundation keeps this one well balanced.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness. Long lasting herbal notes from the hops.

D-Very good, crisp, light and enjoyable. A most well done job by the folks at SN to ship those Kiwi hops all the way to Cali and keep them fresh! Well done, barley able to notice any difference between this and the North American harvest ales which I love so much!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 07:53:14 | More by Deuane
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle purchased for $4.45 from Wine Emporium in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold with little head but some lacing. Decent hop aroma, but was hoping for more from a "fresh hop" beer. Flavour is full and bitter, with hops that give the beer a warming sensation. Enjoyable stuff, though less floral and fruity than I associate with "fresh hops".

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:52:29 | More by sstackho
Photo of sevopie


4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber in color with a healthy rocky cream/off-white head. Laces well, if sporadically.

Smell - A distinctly sweet hops smell, with a touch of malt in there as well as a hint of brown sugar.

Taste - Hops with a twist, almost cinnamon on the edge of the flavor. Slightly buttery flavor with a fair amount of malt in there as well. Slight burnt wood flavor lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Oily and smooth, very slightly underwhelming on the carbonation, but not too bad.

Drinkability - This is a fantastic brew that I could sip on all night long. Unfortunately I only bought the 1 bottle, so that won't be happening all night long.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 06:23:02 | More by sevopie
Photo of MisterClean


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew club sampler.

A - Copper orange in color, light head, dissipates fast, nice legs.

S - Very piny and grass with a light alochol feel. Slightly malty too.

T - Malty with notes of pine.

M - Carbonated, and slightly bitter.

D - What the dr. ordered for a hearty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:19:20 | More by MisterClean
Photo of spointon


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago.

A= This ale poured a clear, deep copper color with a 1" creamy white head. Carbonation release was active but within range for the style. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= The aromas of this beer were dominated by juicy hops, followed by the biscuit malt notes. I first had this ale from a bottle a few weeks ago, and I have to say the aroma from the draft version was less pronounced and not nearly as impressive. Somehow it didn't smell as "fresh"...maybe it was a problem with a dirty tap line?

T= I found the flavors of this ale to be very good but again not as good as my previous experience with it in the bottle. Still, this was a serious beer in the hops department. I got some nice hop flavor as well as straight hop bitterness. Solid malt foundation kept this one balanced.

MF= Despite this ale having a medium body, it felt lighter on the tongue. The carbonation was a bit crisp, making this a great palate cleanser.

D= Very good beer, but still disappointing because the bottle version is so much better. I recommend it to anyone wanting to experience fresh hops in all their glory.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 15:26:57 | More by spointon
Photo of KarlHungus


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving thick lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and citrus. The taste is more rounded out than the aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus all meld into each other. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, with is a wonderful fresh hop pale ale. I could certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:45:22 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of dfillius


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. hybrid review of 2008 and 2009 vintages.
A: Moderate pour yields 1-1.5 fingers of pillowy, just off-white head. Golden orange colored liquid with reddish-brown highlights. Great head retention. Beautiful, ideal.

S: Honey, tart apple, sauvignon blanc winey, citrus. Wow! Very winey. Strong on the Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops I think. Smells like Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA when warmer. Becomes boozy after a while which is the only negative.

T: Tart and strong grassy green hoppiness. Resiny hop with sweet malt scaffold. Mmmm! Tastes a tad sauvignon blanc-ey. Spicy and more bitter than other fresh hop beers I've had. Perhaps even moreso than the Northern Hemisphere version. A tad harsh, but still very nice.

M: Oily and full. Breathy alcohol, lasting bitterness, slightly creamy body..

D: Highly drinkable due to the deliciousness factor. I'd enjoy another and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:09:07 | More by dfillius
Photo of aubuc1


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass

Clear light amber/orange color with a thick offwhite head.

Sharp smell of hops with light malt undertone.

Sweet, smoothe, and bitter taste that tastes bitter in the aftertaste. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Not too drinkable because of the aftertaste, but a great taste nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:03:28 | More by aubuc1
Photo of stumac


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the brew pours up an orangish amber color. not much head to it. the aroma is mellow hops and subtle sweet malts. the taste is very citrusy. it also has a very nice bitter taste. its a pretty full bodied beer as well.

i rather enjoyed this beer as a pretty sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:46:31 | More by stumac
Photo of jsgpu90


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo for recommending this.

Displayed a nice clear copper color with a decent head when poured. Aroma was a very yummy (technical term) hop smell. Taste matched hop smell, medium carbonation bite, medium malt taste with slightly bitter aftertone. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:47:23 | More by jsgpu90
Photo of dgallina


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives in a chunky 24 ounce brown bottle. Clearly marked as the 1st release of 2008.

The beer is clear golden-tan in the glass. Displays a few fingers of foam initially, though that quickly devolves into a creamy off-white sheen. Excellent lace retention on the glass. Very fresh, though not raw, aroma. The hops exhibit blended herbal, citrus, and pine tones. Flavor displays a nice balance of toasted malt and fresh hop notes. Tastes as it smells, with a bitter fruity finish. Body is rich, creamy, and filling; tending towards slippery oiliness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:15:01 | More by dgallina
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass (Squatters) a very nice clouldy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy slightly tan head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice touch of malts, and citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice APA, highly recommended, thanks Joe.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 23:09:32 | More by Wasatch
Photo of argock


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Delicious deep orange with lots of haze and a truly enormous 2-3 finger head regardless of direct center pour or 45 degree pour. It took at least 3 or 4 minutes to get where I'd be drinking more liquid than foam. Spikes of lace like stalactites down the sides of the glass.

S: The smell is pleasant, but not all that distinctive with auspicious fruit, pine, and herbal hops aromas. Some malt sweetness is there.

T: This beer is truly succulent with boundless flavors that fill your mouth including sweet malts which set the scene for the complex hops flavor. Hops contribution has mostly fruit flavors like orange and light pineapple followed by pine and spruce and finished with enough spiciness to give your palate a bitter zing.

M: Fits the SN prototype with even carbonation on a medium body and a very full and luscious aftertaste.

D: An exceptional APA with a very complex hops bill which provides a sweeter flavor with a good bitterness to follow the generous malt that is a quality of all SN brews.

Update: 2nd Release (2009) is earthier and a bit less lush than the inaugural offering, but still very falvorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 04:12:30 | More by argock
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz brown bottle I picked up for $3.99 at Greens in Columbia, SC. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy head. Aroma is rich and complex, a good mixture of hops and malt. Flavor is all about the piney, citrusy imported hops with some sweet malts in the background. An outstanding beer. I hope they make this a regular.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:38:14 | More by clemtig76
Photo of dbONE


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked the 24oz bottle and admired the mild aroma coming from the bottle. A deep pale color is present as it is freed from its brown home with a fluffy white finding its way to the top of the standard pint glass.
The flavor come across a little dry, malty and meaty with the hops feeling a bit like hay and grass with a spot of citrus blended in. The hops cling to the malt on the way down for a crisp flavorfull balance. Sweet dry hops at the end keep the glass tipping in your favor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 19:48:08 | More by dbONE
Photo of bort11


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 oz fat bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Solid creamy tan head stands a fingers width. Slow to recede, it keeps a solid cap on the surface and near perfect rings of lace with each sip. Clear coppery red color.

Smell bursts with green floral hops. Citrus peels, pine needles and spices. Taste is very green. Green orange rind. It's peppery in the finish. Very full flavor. Very strong hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. The hops adds some prickliness to the carbonation.

This beer is extreme. Flying fresh hops from New Zealand to the US in under a week? Pow! Extreme indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:27:37 | More by bort11
Photo of drxandy


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ crunchy's in east lansing aug 2nd 2008

cheaper in a mug than the bottle, $5.50? for 25oz compared to around $6 something for 24oz. Half off on sundays after 8 :D

in comparison to the bottle, this came off way maltier, way less of a hop bomb in the nose or front, but the finish was zesty and the sticky hop resins clung around for a long while coating the tongue. Almost reminded me of an hop bombarded english bitter.

nice overall, and at the price you can't argue at all - glad i could try both ways.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 19:09:54 | More by drxandy
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 fl oz. bottle > Pint glass. 2008 release (first)

wow, this is a gorgous color, orange amber! plenty of good carboantion makes this puppy look really refreshing. The head is a remarkable 2" deep, thick and dense, creamy and smooth off-white...very clumpy with ultimate retention. high quality look.

The aroma is a nice mix of citrus fruits and spices, earthy hop and butterscotch malt.

The flavor is a wonderfully sweet malt that rides along with the mildly spicey hop; add sweet red fruits and mellow citrus notes! a warm and rather smooth heat adds complexity. The New Zealand hops added to their very own West coast hop provides a really unique, bitter-less flavor and one of my favorite overall "hoppy" ales of 2008.

The feel is also very nice, wicked crisp, not sharp, but lively with an ultra-smooth, creamy feeling head that lasts until the very end, providing a velvelty finish.

Very High quality stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 19:05:46 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition: Sierra Nevada's first ever release of their fresh hopped harvest ale using hops from the southern hemisphere (New Zealand).

A stunningly brilliant looking beer. A peach-hued off white head clings to nearly every part of the glass. Despite thinning it remains dense in patches and will never loose its creamy texture. A solid, consistent tone of blood orange makes for one dazzling pint when held up to the light. Beer lovers feast your eyes on that glow!

The aroma is gracefully timid to spite that it is a blossoming bouquet of scents. Almost potpourris like, it is a flowery, lightly effervescent smell that exhumes crisp malt and tangy hops. To spite that the hops were shipped from the other side of the world, and that the beer was shipped from the other side of the continent, the hops still smell like they were picked right in my backyard. It is a smell my senses do, in fact, associate with that early fall day we harvest our own hop crop.

The body is almost creamy. It is blissfully smooth with but a crackling bitterness on the finish. It's a sort of vinous bitterness that is both light and airy and that seems to kick off the palate to lift itself away into aftertaste. Quite a turn from the usual tongue scrubbing alpha acids. It is a gentle (hop) giant.

Twenty four ounces is the minimum I could see myself drinking of this; and I don't want to hear anything about the 6.7% - this is a session beer dammit! The flavour is wonderfully balanced with both the nicely toasted, caramel smothered malts and sweltering with orange, finely coated with pine, hops. To sum it up: delicious.

I was told to expect something a little spicier with these New Zealand hops, and I can't say I got that at all. What I did taste was something quite similar to their Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, although a little more refined. The idea of importing hops from the southern hemisphere to brew a fresh hoped beer out of season was ingenious, but the beer itself was immaculate, and that is what truly impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:02:17 | More by biegaman
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nearly translucent bright amber color with a 3 finger off-white (slightly rust colored) foamy head. Head slowly subsides to <1/2 finger and has perfect retention from that point. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Aroma is bright and hoppy. Spicy hops dominate with an undertone that is slightly earthy and a hint of citrus comes through also.

T-Flavor is very mild upfront. Some earthy hops and a mild sweet pale malt background. A nice spiciness from the New Zealand hops kicks in big for the swallow and lingers on. Also notable here is a hint of piny hops. What also lingers is a slight residual hop bitterness.

M-Medium carbonation and light, slightly oily body.

D- The bright hoppy aroma doesn't really follow through in the flavor. The burst of spicy hops is the highlight of this one but the flavor goes from slightly boring at first to awesome to a lingering bitterness that isn't really justified. I do like this one and probably will have it again-but it doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:30:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of klewis


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release

A: Pours copper with a massive, foamy head. Moderate lacing with good sustain.

S: Nice herbal and floral hop character with just a bit of citrus.

T: Hoppy, yet still relatively balanced. Nice piney and herbal flavors. Quite a unique hop taste and unlike any other PA I've had.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft and smooth texture. Light carbonation.

D: A damn fine brew. Here's hoping that this becomes an annual.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 23:59:40 | More by klewis
Photo of jushoppy2beer


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has most of the characteristics of an IPA, with an orange cloudy color, a slight head, and a modest lacing down the glass. The smell is mild, but the taste is bold, mostly coming in the hop-laden bitter finish that stays with you awhile after the last draw. It feels robust going down and leaves you feeling like you might want one more, but not two. At 6.7% ABV, two should be enough for a short evening session.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 22:26:58 | More by jushoppy2beer
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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